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Ross Wiener, principal partner and policy director for The Education Trust, will speak on “No Child Left Behind: Is the Law Closing the Achievement Gap in Public Education?” 7:30 p.m. today in the Kirby Hall of Civil Rights auditorium.

Open to the public, the talk is sponsored by the Delta Upsilon fraternity.

The Education Trust is a national, nonprofit organization focused on closing achievement gaps in public education. Located in Washington, D.C., it was the major policy-making organization contributing to the crafting of the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which has become known as “No Child Left Behind.”

This past June, Wiener presented testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce regarding college graduation rates and their implications for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

As a principal partner at The Education Trust, he is an advocate for students traditionally underserved by the public education system. Prior to his position there, he spent four and a half years as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. As an attorney in the Educational Opportunities Section, Wiener investigated and prosecuted violations of federal civil rights laws in schools and school districts across the country, including cases involving desegregation, disability rights, and harassment. He also served as a trial attorney in a major case involving the adequacy of services to limited-English-proficient students in Denver’s public schools.

Wiener received a B.A. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a law degree from George Washington University Law School, and clerked for Judge Kermit Victor Lipez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

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